OUR PEOPLE

We have a passion for delivering responsible business practices, driving efficiency gains, and safe guarding the natural and social environment. Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of leading scientific and business professionals.

Stewart Moore

Chief Executive Officer
 
Stewart Moore is one of the Asia Pacific’s most experienced planning and management consultants. He has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of disciplines from business and strategic planning, policy development, tourism destination management and marketing, sustainability, risk management and corporate and social responsibility.

Melinda Watt

Vice President – Relationship Management & Chief Scientist
 

Prof. David Simmons

Chair – EarthCheck Research Institute

David Simmons is Emeritus Professor of Tourism at Lincoln University and a global specialist in destination management. From 2008 to 2010 he was Director of Research for the Australian Federal Government’s ‘Sustainable Tourism CRC’, and has contributed to numerous national and local tourism planning exercises in his home New Zealand, and Asia and. He is committed to pushing the frontiers of tourism science and chairs the EarthCheck Research Institute.

André Russ

Vice President Sales

With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry in business development and operations, André is responsible for evangelising the EarthCheck brand through luxury niche & multi-brand portfolio operations, hotel developments, destinations and ESG teams. André holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from Griffith University, a Swiss Hotel Association Advanced Diploma of International Hotel Management and a Diplôme de Culinaire from Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

Debra Rose

Chief Finance Officer

Nigel Russell

General Manager – Consulting

Nigel joined EarthCheck in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he played a leading role in England’s regional tourism sector, with Heart of England Tourist Board and as Head of Tourism with Advantage West Midlands – the regional economic development agency. He has an extensive tourism development track record, working with local, regional and national partners to support the growth of tourism businesses and destinations. Nigel has been a lifelong Glasgow Rangers fan, but since joining EarthCheck and moving to Brisbane, has adopted the state team, the Broncos.

Laisa Mendonca

Senior Business Analyst

Laisa has over 8 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. She has worked for various industries, such as Mental HealthCare, Automotive and Software Development Services. Laisa held different roles in the IT world, starting as an ERP Consultant managing and implementing projects. As a Business Process Analyst, mapping and improving business processes. At EarthCheck, she is a Senior Business Analyst, helping bridge the various departments to the Software Team. Originally from Brazil, she completed her Bachelor in Information System and a Post-graduation in Business Process Management. Laisa has been in Australia for over six years. She loves dancing samba and playing volleyball.

Michael Martin

Software Engineer

Joshua Nielsen

Benchmarking data analyst

Dr. Natasha Montesalvo

Principal Consultant – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Natasha joined EarthCheck having spent four years leading the policy and research team for the peak body for tourism in Queensland. She has a strong understanding of the political systems that govern and shape the tourism industry and how they can strengthen, or inhibit, industry success. Prior to her time at QTIC, Natasha completed her PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her thesis focused on the relational ties between destination management organisations and tourism and hospitality organisations and the impact they have on destination brand buy-in. Before her post-graduate studies, she gained operational experience in luxury hotel groups in Australia and the UK and spent time working across Europe for a major UK tour operator.

Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

Relationship Manager

Sarah Kurze

Relationship Manager

Skye Linton

Project Officer – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Skye joined EarthCheck at the start of 2022 to assist the Consulting team in a range of day-to-day activities and projects. With 3 years’ experience as a travel agent, and a background in finance, Skye brings a commercial logic to the team. Having recently graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Tourism Management, Skye has a strong working knowledge of key tourism markets and destinations as well as their involvement within the macroenvironment. Skye is experienced in handling Tourism Research Australia data, providing tailored results and insights to numerous EarthCheck projects.

Romina Trossero

Operations Manager

Originally from Cordoba, in central Argentina, Romina has spent the last four years working and studying in Australia. Her academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Business (Applied Finance major) from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). With extensive experience in the hospitality industry and over 10 years’ experience in customer service roles, Romina is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Jennifer Peiron Alonso, MBA

Relationship Manager

Jennifer is the Relationship Manager for our members in Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia, as well as for a number of key worldwide corporate groups. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, and in addition to her native languages, Spanish and Catalan, she is fluent in English and speaks some French and Russian. Jennifer holds a Business Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA (High Distinction) from Kaplan Business School, Brisbane. She has worked in Accounting and Finance departments and also has several years of customer service experience, working always in multilingual and multicultural environments. Jennifer loves travelling, is passionate about nature and the environment, and has the desire to contribute to build a sustainable planet.

Sajita More

Relationship Manager

Sajita joined the EarthCheck team recently as the Relationship Manager for Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris – worldwide. She is an Indian- originally from Pune, which is her main reason of excitement to assist a native brand. Having lived in India since childhood, she studied her bachelors in Science- Hospitality Studies from the University of Pune. Her passion for the industry brought her to Australia to pursue her Masters in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management from the University of Queensland. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Resources with higher distinction from the University of Pune and has completed a number of certifications which are ISO certified. Her fluency in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and a couple of other regional languages gives her an ability to cater to multilingual and multicultural clients. At EarthCheck she is exploring the different areas of sustainability and is excited to assist her clients in contributing to destinations and the environment in a personalized manner.

Wayne Carlson

Principal Consultant, Strategy and Market Insights

Bingni Wu

Relationship Manager

Bingni joined EarthCheck in May 2019 as the dedicated Corporate Relationship Manager for Capella Hotels & Resorts, Kerzner International, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Wharf Hotels worldwide. A Chinese native from Shanghai (China), she have spent a total of 2 years living and studying in Australia. Bingni completed her Master’s degree in Communication from The University of Queensland and she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University, China. With previous academic knowledge in the field of public relations and professional communication, and working experience as Executive Assistant in Sodexo China, Bingni is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to help achieve sustainable outcomes.

Andy Vo

Program Manager, EarthCheck Design

Joshua Wijayaratne

Design Program Officer, Earthcheck Design

Zoe Yarwood

Sustainability Officer

Zoe is a Sustainability Officer at EarthCheck, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management (Honours), majoring in Sustainable Development. As a Sustainability Officer, Zoe supports the Benchmarking and Certification team through data analysis, training development and relationship management. Growing up in Regional NSW, Zoe has had a connection to the environment throughout her life, inspiring her passion in areas such as coastal management and cultural heritage.

Amelita Molina

Sales Support Specialist

Amelita joined EarthCheck in 2015 as our Sales Support Specialist. With a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Amelita has worked with various companies from different industries including insurance, logistics, consumer electronics, and KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) focusing on sales and business development. With 18 years’ experience, Amelita brings a wealth of experience into the role and liaises closely with our sales partners. She loves spending time with her family and exploring beautiful places.

Rhizza Nunez

Sales Support Specialist

Rhizza joined EarthCheck recently as a Sales Support Specialist working hand in hand with Amelita in Cebu, Philippines. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked for 15 years with a shipping company then a courier company as a Customer Service Coordinator and as a Sales Account Executive respectively. She received an award in 2015 as a Top Sales Contributor in her assigned region as she was a dedicated and hardworking person. Rhizza also serves as a Sunday School teacher at their church and loves baking during her spare time.
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Stewart Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Melinda Watt

Vice President – Relationship Management & Chief Scientist

Prof. David Simmons

Chair – EarthCheck Research Institute

André Russ

Vice President Sales

Debra Rose

Chief Finance Officer

Nigel Russell

General Manager – Consulting

Laisa Mendonca

Senior Business Analyst

Michael Martin

Software Engineer

Joshua Nielsen

Benchmarking data analyst

Dr. Natasha Montesalvo

Principal Consultant – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

Relationship Manager

Sarah Kurze

Relationship Manager

Skye Linton

Project Officer – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Romina Trossero

Operations Manager

Jennifer Peiron Alonso, MBA

Relationship Manager

Sajita More

Relationship Manager

Wayne Carlson

Principal Consultant, Strategy and Market Insights

Bingni Wu

Relationship Manager

Andy Vo

Program Manager, EarthCheck Design

Joshua Wijayaratne

Design Program Officer, Earthcheck Design

Zoe Yarwood

Sustainability Officer

Amelita Molina

Sales Support Specialist

Rhizza Nunez

Sales Support Specialist

OUR PEOPLE

We have a passion for delivering responsible business practices, driving efficiency gains, and safe guarding the natural and social environment. Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of leading scientific and business professionals.

Stewart Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Stewart Moore is one of the Asia Pacific’s most experienced planning and management consultants. He has over 25 years of experience in a wide range of disciplines from business and strategic planning, policy development, tourism destination management and marketing, sustainability, risk management and corporate and social responsibility.

Melinda Watt

Vice President – Relationship Management & Chief Scientist

Prof. David Simmons

Chair – EarthCheck Research Institute

David Simmons is Emeritus Professor of Tourism at Lincoln University and a global specialist in destination management. From 2008 to 2010 he was Director of Research for the Australian Federal Government’s ‘Sustainable Tourism CRC’, and has contributed to numerous national and local tourism planning exercises in his home New Zealand, and Asia and. He is committed to pushing the frontiers of tourism science and chairs the EarthCheck Research Institute.

André Russ

Vice President Sales

With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry in business development and operations, André is responsible for evangelising the EarthCheck brand through luxury niche & multi-brand portfolio operations, hotel developments, destinations and ESG teams. André holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from Griffith University, a Swiss Hotel Association Advanced Diploma of International Hotel Management and a Diplôme de Culinaire from Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

Debra Rose

Chief Finance Officer

Nigel Russell

General Manager – Consulting

Nigel joined EarthCheck in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he played a leading role in England’s regional tourism sector, with Heart of England Tourist Board and as Head of Tourism with Advantage West Midlands – the regional economic development agency. He has an extensive tourism development track record, working with local, regional and national partners to support the growth of tourism businesses and destinations. Nigel has been a lifelong Glasgow Rangers fan, but since joining EarthCheck and moving to Brisbane, has adopted the state team, the Broncos.

Laisa Mendonca

Senior Business Analyst

Laisa has over 8 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. She has worked for various industries, such as Mental HealthCare, Automotive and Software Development Services. Laisa held different roles in the IT world, starting as an ERP Consultant managing and implementing projects. As a Business Process Analyst, mapping and improving business processes. At EarthCheck, she is a Senior Business Analyst, helping bridge the various departments to the Software Team. Originally from Brazil, she completed her Bachelor in Information System and a Post-graduation in Business Process Management. Laisa has been in Australia for over six years. She loves dancing samba and playing volleyball.

Michael Martin

Software Engineer

Joshua Neilson

Benchmarking Data Analyst

Dr. Natasha Montesalvo

Principal Consultant – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Natasha joined EarthCheck having spent four years leading the policy and research team for the peak body for tourism in Queensland. She has a strong understanding of the political systems that govern and shape the tourism industry and how they can strengthen, or inhibit, industry success. Prior to her time at QTIC, Natasha completed her PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her thesis focused on the relational ties between destination management organisations and tourism and hospitality organisations and the impact they have on destination brand buy-in. Before her post-graduate studies, she gained operational experience in luxury hotel groups in Australia and the UK and spent time working across Europe for a major UK tour operator.

Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

Relationship Manager

Sarah Kurze

Relationship Manager

Skye Linton

Project Officer – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Skye joined EarthCheck at the start of 2022 to assist the Consulting team in a range of day-to-day activities and projects. With 3 years’ experience as a travel agent, and a background in finance, Skye brings a commercial logic to the team. Having recently graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Tourism Management, Skye has a strong working knowledge of key tourism markets and destinations as well as their involvement within the macroenvironment. Skye is experienced in handling Tourism Research Australia data, providing tailored results and insights to numerous EarthCheck projects.

Romina Trossero

Operations Manager
Originally from Cordoba, in central Argentina, Romina has spent the last four years working and studying in Australia. Her academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Business (Applied Finance major) from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). With extensive experience in the hospitality industry and over 10 years’ experience in customer service roles, Romina is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Jennifer Peiron Alonso, MBA

Relationship Manager

Jennifer is the Relationship Manager for our members in Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia, as well as for a number of key worldwide corporate groups. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, and in addition to her native languages, Spanish and Catalan, she is fluent in English and speaks some French and Russian. Jennifer holds a Business Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA (High Distinction) from Kaplan Business School, Brisbane. She has worked in Accounting and Finance departments and also has several years of customer service experience, working always in multilingual and multicultural environments. Jennifer loves travelling, is passionate about nature and the environment, and has the desire to contribute to build a sustainable planet.

Sajita More

Relationship Manager

Sajita joined the EarthCheck team recently as the Relationship Manager for Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris – worldwide. She is an Indian- originally from Pune, which is her main reason of excitement to assist a native brand. Having lived in India since childhood, she studied her bachelors in Science- Hospitality Studies from the University of Pune. Her passion for the industry brought her to Australia to pursue her Masters in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management from the University of Queensland. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Resources with higher distinction from the University of Pune and has completed a number of certifications which are ISO certified. Her fluency in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and a couple of other regional languages gives her an ability to cater to multilingual and multicultural clients. At EarthCheck she is exploring the different areas of sustainability and is excited to assist her clients in contributing to destinations and the environment in a personalized manner.

Wayne Carlson

Principal Consultant, Strategy and Market Insights

Bingni Wu

Relationship Manager

Bingni joined EarthCheck in May 2019 as the dedicated Corporate Relationship Manager for Capella Hotels & Resorts, Kerzner International, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Wharf Hotels worldwide. A Chinese native from Shanghai (China), she have spent a total of 2 years living and studying in Australia. Bingni completed her Master’s degree in Communication from The University of Queensland and she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University, China. With previous academic knowledge in the field of public relations and professional communication, and working experience as Executive Assistant in Sodexo China, Bingni is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to help achieve sustainable outcomes.

Andy Vo

Program Manager, EarthCheck Design

Joshua Wijayaratne

Design Program Officer, Earthcheck Design

Zoe Yarwood

Sustainability Officer

Zoe is a Sustainability Officer at EarthCheck, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management (Honours), majoring in Sustainable Development. As a Sustainability Officer, Zoe supports the Benchmarking and Certification team through data analysis, training development and relationship management. Growing up in Regional NSW, Zoe has had a connection to the environment throughout her life, inspiring her passion in areas such as coastal management and cultural heritage.

Amelita Molina

Sales Support Specialist

Amelita joined EarthCheck in 2015 as our Sales Support Specialist. With a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Amelita has worked with various companies from different industries including insurance, logistics, consumer electronics, and KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) focusing on sales and business development. With 18 years’ experience, Amelita brings a wealth of experience into the role and liaises closely with our sales partners. She loves spending time with her family and exploring beautiful places.

Rhizza Nunez

Sales Support Specialist

Rhizza joined EarthCheck recently as a Sales Support Specialist working hand in hand with Amelita in Cebu, Philippines. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked for 15 years with a shipping company then a courier company as a Customer Service Coordinator and as a Sales Account Executive respectively. She received an award in 2015 as a Top Sales Contributor in her assigned region as she was a dedicated and hardworking person. Rhizza also serves as a Sunday School teacher at their church and loves baking during her spare time.

Stewart Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Melinda Watt

Vice President – Relationship Management & Chief Scientist

Prof. David Simmons

Chair – EarthCheck Research Institute

André Russ

Vice President Sales

Debra Rose

Chief Finance Officer

Nigel Russell

General Manager – Consulting

Laisa Mendonca

Senior Business Analyst

Michael Martin

Software Engineer

Joshua Neilson

Benchmarking Data Analyst

Dr. Natasha Montesalvo

Principal Consultant – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

Relationship Manager

Sarah Kurze

Relationship Manager

Skye Linton

Project Officer – Destinations, Strategy & Insights

Romina Trossero

Operations Manager

Jennifer Peiron Alonso, MBA

Relationship Manager

Sajita More

Relationship Manager

Wayne Carlson

Principal Consultant, Strategy and Market Insights

Bingni Wu

Relationship Manager

Andy Vo

Program Manager, EarthCheck Design

Joshua Wijayaratne

Design Program Officer, Earthcheck Design

Zoe Yarwood

Sustainability Officer

Amelita Molina

Sales Support Specialist

Rhizza Nunez

Sales Support Specialist

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There are more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, found in all regions of the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. They make up more than 6 per cent of our global population.

 

In the spirit of reconciliation, EarthCheck acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the world and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous Peoples today.

 

EarthCheck acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples, with secure rights, experience lower deforestation rates, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands — including protected areas.

 

We recognise and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous Peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in their identities and life choices.

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EarthCheck Certified: Aligned globally

EarthCheck science and products were developed by the Australian Government Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (STCRC) over ten years. Our science is reviewed annually to ensure that it meets international standards relative to greenhouse gas protocols, responsible tourism, and certification.

EarthCheck products and services are built on the Agenda 21 principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and aligned to the SDGs.

EarthCheck Certified provides a framework for organisations to achieve the desired outcomes for sustainable development as set out in the final report of the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

EarthCheck Certified complies with the Mohonk Agreement (2000), which outlines the guidelines and principles for an international sustainable tourism certification program. It is also a Recognised program of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

EarthCheck Certified is a verification standard accepted by CDP. It is also an approved program of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), London & Partners, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and the City of Sydney.

EarthCheck Certified is an approved program for meeting the EU Energy Directive for the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA) in Germany and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) in the Netherlands.

EarthCheck partners with international research organisations to maintain the currency of EarthCheck science and our benchmarking systems.

The EarthCheck brand signifies scientific excellence, better environmental, economic, and social performance, improved community interactions, and savings through more efficient use of resources. It provides recognition and promotional support to a global consumer market.